A friend sent me a link to this forum for a Mei Tai pattern, and I thought you all looked like such sensible and grounded ladies it was worth joining!
I'm expecting my first baby in roughly six weeks time. We are planning a home birth in water (fingers crossed it all goes to plan) for our new one, who we know for certain is a little boy. I won't pretend I'm not nervous and feeling slightly overwhelmed by it all! I don't think I'd be human if I wasn't!
A bit about me - I've just turned 30 and have been married for three years. Last August I left a successful career in change management following a restructure, that changed my working conditions to the point that staying on was untenable (500 a week mile commute -er . .. don't think so!). Seeing as I had a natural career break, we decided the timing was good and I found out within a few weeks that I was expecting. Much faster than I thought it would be given my brother has serious fertility problems. Going from a independent career woman to a pregnant housewife was a fairly major adjustment but I'm slowly getting used to it.
I'm a strong believer in going through life doing as little harm to the environment and others as possible. I'm a strict vegetarian and a firm "make-do and mender". My mum taught me to sew when I was six and it is the best thing I have ever learned to do! When I couldn't afford that Calvin Klien graduation dress I just copied it and made my own.
My husband and I are both animal lovers and live with our two house rabbits, our chinchilla, three degu and a bonkers and ancient canary.
I have a plan too! I'm registered self employed now, and all being well would like to work from home part-time when my maternity allowance ends, using my skills as a seamstress. I'm primarily an historical costumier, but if it involves a needle and thread I can do it so won't be restricting myself. Hopefully this will mean I can be at home for baby and make enough to pay for food bills!
I'm looking forward to getting to know you all better.